'Independent' expert shortlisted for book award

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Hamish McRae, the chief economic commentator for The Independent, was named yesterday as a contender on the long list for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, for his book What Works. The awards is presented for the book which provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.

In What Works, McRae looks at 20 examples of economic success around the world, ranging from India's high-tech industries in Bangalore to mobile telephone networks in Africa and Copenhagen's efforts to tame the car. He also tackles real and potential weaknesses in these stories, and draws lessons from both their successes and their failures.

From the 16-title long list, a shortlist of up to six books will be be announced next month, with the overall winner of the award to be named at a ceremony in New York on 27 October.